VENOM mainman Conrad "Cronos" Lant has confirmed the band's plans to release the follow-up to 2015's "From The Very Depths" album next year. "We've already put three songs together for the EP, which was only delayed because there is a backload of vinyl now," he told Metal Rules in a new interview. "Everybody is buying fucking vinyl, and it's really hard to get the pressings. The label was doing one, but we couldn't get in. So, we kind of just put it back a bit. But the EP will get released this year, and then the album gets released in 2018. So, you'll hear from the EP the direction, about is pretty much where we are now."
Cronos also talked about the evolution of VENOM's songwriting, explaining: "The thing is we, as a band, we are evolving the black metal thing. Because, for me, it has to be exciting, it has to be new, it has to be dangerous. It has to stay in motion. It has to make me excited to do it. I couldn't just do the 'Welcome To Hell' night after night; it would be too boring. So, they know I like to be challenged. I need to create new shit, and I like to twist VENOM a lot and cut and pull it. I like to create an album that people kind of go, 'That wasn't expected.'
"For a band that's been going this long, if we're not going to continue to evolve, I think we're dead. But you don't want to forget where you came from. [You want] to be able to play songs from back in the day, so that the people in the audience can hear them and hear the song that they love — played the way that it was played. I think it is special.
"These guys [guitarist Rage, a.k.a. Stuart Dixon, and drummer Danté, a.k.a. Danny Needham] have got two [VENOM] albums under the belt now, that they can call their own. So, when they play their songs up on that stage, they can push and pull the bits they want, and they can play them in their style. But when we play the old songs, we kind of try to play them as near to the original we possibly can so, that the people in the audience hear a great version of the song rather than a changed version of the song. Because why change a great song?"
VENOM is not to be confused with VENOM INC., the band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan.
"From The Very Depths" was released in January 2015 via Spinefarm.